It’s Daylight Savings Time! So, what does that mean for your HVAC? This is a great time get caught up on some end of winter/pre-spring HVAC maintenance checklist items. As winter draws to an end and spring quickly approaches in Cincinnati, there are a few things that you should put on your to-do list. Here is a HVAC maintenance checklist to help you spring forward.
1. Change Your Air Filters – Always the First Step on Your HVAC Maintenance Checklist
Change your air filters. This can’t be stated enough. This simple task improves indoor air quality, reduces your energy bill and extends the life of your furnace.
Dirty air filters are one of the most common reasons for a HVAC breakdown. Air filters become clogged with dust, dirt and debris. As a result, air can’t pass through the filter and your system can overheat. Likewise, this causes your HVAC to overwork and eventually breakdown. This small HVAC maintenance task can end up costing big money if not done on a routine basis.
It is recommended that you change your HVAC filter every month, especially during high usage times. In Cincinnati, this is usually winter and summer months.
Change your air filter today and put a monthly reminder on your phone!
2. Check Your Thermostat
You will need to adjust the time and date on some older thermostats if you don’t have auto-updating capability. Daylight savings time can affect the comfort of your home in the first or last hour of your day. Fortunately, newer thermostats automatically adjust to Daylight Savings Time.
For instance, Nest Learning Thermostat learns what temperature you like and builds a schedule around yours. It shows you how much energy you use every day and every month so that you can see when you are using more energy. It knows to turn itself down when you’re away, adapts to season changes, and you can control it from anywhere. Companies such as Nelson Comfort are ready to install NEST Learning Thermostats and help you save money and worry less.
3. Replace Smoke Detector Batteries
Above all, your family’s safety is the top priority. Make sure your home is always protected. Daylight Savings Time is a great time to change out batteries in your smoke detector and CO Alarm. Additionally, consider changing out an older smoke detector or CO alarm. Newer products make keeping your family and home safe even easier.
For example, NEST offers a system that lasts up to a decade, tests itself automatically, and has a split spectrum sensor. This device has a friendly human voice that warns you early so that burnt toast doesn’t turn into a burning toaster or worse. This alarm thinks, speaks, and alerts your phone. Not only is it on your ceiling but it is on your phone too. You are alerted via phone, exactly what is going wrong in your home.
Therefore, Nelson is offering the NEST Protect Smoke and CO Alarm to protect your family and have peace of mind. It is time to expect more from your smoke alarm!
4. Schedule a HVAC Maintenance Check-up
Schedule your HVAC maintenance check-up today. Get ahead of the Spring maintenance rush and schedule an appointment to have your entire HVAC checked. The last thing you want to do is turn on your AC for the first time and find out its not working. Additionally, no one wants to have their furnace breakdown right before winter ends.
Lastly, a HVAC maintenance check-up should be left to professional service providers.
Following this HVAC maintenance checklist will help keep you and your family comfortable and protected. Contact Nelson Comfort today to hear more about their seasonal maintenance packages and NEST products installations.